THE PETROLEUM SKILLS ASSOCIATION (PSANZ) has been active in the development of training programmes for the oil and gas industry for the past five years.
Several programmes have been developed in partnership with the local polytechnic, Western Institution of Training Technology (WITT), that provide opportunities to gain entry level employment into the industry.
The programmes include a process operations course, a hydrocarbon drilling course (both of which are pre-employment), and an ‘introductory’ course for the public called Fundamentals of the New Zealand Oil and Gas Industry. The process operations programme is now in its fifth year and has seen 99 percent graduation from 67 student completions. The programme, says the association, boasts a 96 percent employment rate, which in tertiary training terms is substantial. The programme’s success prides itself on the strong partnership between local industry and WITT, says PSANZ. “A stringent pre-selection process ensures the right applicants are undertaking the training, that look to be the right ‘fit’ for the industry and role.
“The 60 percent work placement component in the course provides both the student and industry the opportunity to assess the student’s suitability for a future career in the industry as an operator.”
The Hydrocarbon Drilling course is in its first year of delivery and, again, with a strong collaboration between industry and the polytechnic, led by PSANZ. Thirteen of the 16 students from the first intake have already gained employment. The rationale behind development of each programme, says the association, is via thorough analysis to assess where, “industry skill shortage areas are at certain stages and with the programmes developed to help ensure industry has the required resource to ensure project delivery”.
Future programmes PSANZ is considering include an instrumentation course for existing electrical staff and integrity inspection courses across all disciplines.